Hoboken Construction Schedule This Week, Affect on Residents

The City of Hoboken is continuing with a number of quality of life and construction projects this week.  These include the latest information on the construction updates on the City’s water main upgrades, replacing 7,000 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains, construction on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park and flood infrastructure, repaving and Vision Zero improvements, South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation, new playground safety surface at Elysian Park, and the renovation of the Maxwell Park dog run to replace the existing gravel with a modern synthetic turf surface.

Water Infrastructure Upgrades

The City continues with the first phase of its water main replacement project, which will replace a total of 15 blocks, or 7,000 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains. The following activities are anticipated the week of 7/13 to 7/17/2020:

-Monday 7/13/2020 thru Friday 7/17/2020: Monroe Street between 3rd and 4th Street will be closed at times between the hours of 8am and 5pm for the transfer of water services from the old water main to the new water main.

-Tuesday 7/14/2020: Monroe will be closed at 11th street while a crane sets a large drainage structure between the hours of 8 AM – 5 PM for the installation of the catch basin and piping for the Subsurface Storage Work/Green Infrastructure work.

-A test shutdown will be occurring on Wednesday July 15th between 9 AM – 12 PM on Bloomfield between 5th and 6th Streets. During this shutdown, residents may experience low water pressure for 15 minutes to an hour. This is in preparation for a planned shutdown on Thursday July 16th between 11 AM – 2 PM to evaluate the condition of the water main.

-A test shutdown will be occurring on Wednesday July 15th between 9 AM – 12 PM on Hudson St. between 6th and 7th Streets. During this shutdown, residents may experience low water pressure for 15 minutes to an hour. This is in preparation for a planned shutdown on Friday July 17th between 11 AM – 2 PM to evaluate the condition of the water main.

The construction of the water mains utilizes low interest and interest free loans from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and does not use funding from the 2020 municipal budget. In 2019, the City entered into a contract with SUEZ that now provides for $33 million in water main upgrades through 2034, with an average of $2.2 million invested every year. More information about the water infrastructure upgrades project is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/drinking-water-infrastructure-upgrades-phase-1

Complete Streets and Vision Zero improvements 

Clinton Street

This complete street project includes the following improvements: 

Milling and paving
-High-visibility crosswalks
-Upgraded ADA ramps
-Daylighting at corners
New bus stops for the NJ Transit 126 bus route at 5th Street and 7th Street.
Improved pavement markings and signage at all bus stops. 

Beginning Tuesday, 7/14, striping is scheduled to begin on Clinton Street between Newark Street and 6th Street, and 7th Street to 8th Street. Striping is expected to last approximately three days subject to weather. 

This project is funded from the City’s 2019 capital budget.

Grand Street

This complete street project includes the following improvements: 

-Milling and paving
High-visibility crosswalks
Upgraded ADA ramps
Painted bump-outs
Daylighting at corners
-Raised intersection at 9th Street/Grand Street
Buffered bicycle lane.

Construction of pedestrian ramps along Grand Street will continue during the week of July 13-17. Construction will begin on Monday, 7/13, at the intersection of Grand Street and 5th Street and continue working north over the course of the week to 6th Street, 7th Street, and 8th Street (weather permitting). 

This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). 
Jackson Street

This complete street project includes the following improvements: 

-Milling and paving (completed)
High-visibility crosswalks (completed)
-Upgraded ADA ramps (completed)
-Bicycle lane (completed)
Drainage improvements (under construction) 

Beginning mid-week (July 15 or July 16), construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on drainage improvements at the intersection of Jackson Street and 8th Street. Construction would continue through Friday, July 17, and subsequent announcements will be made regarding construction at Jackson Street and 8th Street during the week of July 20-24. 

Northwest Resiliency Park

Construction continues on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park, which will be New Jersey’s largest resiliency park. The park will have above and below ground infrastructure to withhold up to 2 million gallons of rainwater to help mitigate local flooding.

The following activities are anticipated this week (July 13 – July 17, 2020):

-Concrete placement for the one million gallon tank foundation slab will continue on Monday and Tuesday July 13 and 14, and Friday July 17. 

-Pile driving will continue for the Terrace foundation and begin for the Pavilion building area.   Piles will initially be vibrated in to the greatest depth possible before driving with the percussion hammer. Please note that this is an inherently noisy activity. There may also be some vibration felt in conjunction with this work.  For more information about the noise and vibration monitoring protocols in place, visit the Noise and Vibration sections on the Construction Updates page of the project website www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

-The dewatering and treatment system for the tank excavation will continue to operate 24 hours per day. 

The City uses a combination of low interest and interest-free loans, principal forgiveness for the resiliency features, and grant money to save over $19 million over the life of the project. The Northwest Resiliency Park also utilizes the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for the construction costs of the Northwest Park, and is not utilizing any funding from the 2020 municipal budget.

South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation

The South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation project will continue, with resetting pavers along the walkway next week. A new irrigation system has been installed and trees have been plantedalong the walkway, and all lighting at Pier A has been upgraded to LED. After the pavers are reset, benches will be installed in future weeks. 

Maxwell Park Dog Run  

The dog run at Maxwell Park remains closed through mid August to construct improvements. The water fountain near the dog run also remains closed. Upgrades include expanding the area of the dog run and replacing the gravel surface with synthetic turf, as well as adding new benches, a dual water fountain, pet waste stations, and fencing. Three trees will need to be removed for the expansion of the dog run, and six new trees will be planted.  

Site clearing and earth work activities are anticipated this week 7/13/20 – 7/17/20, includinginstalling fence posts and pouring concrete curbs.

Elysian Park Playground Safety Surface

The northern playground remains closed as the safety surface has been removed to prepare for the installation of a new drainage system, followed by a new synthetic turf playground safety surface.

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